Both law and economics and intellectual property law have expanded dramatically in tandem over recent decades. This field-defining two-volume Handbook, featuring the leading legal, empirical, and law and economics scholars studying intellectual property rights, provides wide-ranging and in-depth analysis both of the economic theory underpinning intellectual property law, and the use of analytical methods to study it.
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Vol 1: Theory Vol 2: Analytical Methods
Edited by Ben Depoorter, Peter Menell and David Schwartz
Edited by Sanghoon Ahn, Bronwyn H. Hall and Keun Lee
Protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs) serves a dual role in economic development. While it promotes innovation by providing legal protection of inventions, it may retard catch-up and learning by restricting the diffusion of innovations. Does stronger IPR protection in a developing country encourage technology development in or technology transfer to that country? This book aims to address the issue, covering diverse forms of IPRs, diverse actors in innovation, and diverse cases from Asia and Latin America.
In this research review, Christopher May – a leading authority in the field – identifies material that provides important insights on the global governance of intellectual property. His discussion ranges across a number of disciplines and political perspectives to establish that the political economic analysis of intellectual property is both multifaceted and contested and is a comprehensive guide to the main issues under discussion.